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Nov 24, 2013 8:00am EST
to protect our vast exclusive economic zone, the obama administration has cut the services five-year modernization budget by a third. even in tough times, that makes no sense. the administration had already zeroed funding for the last two of eight large cutters the service needs to replace the aging ships that have long been the center pieces of the force. that funding was ultimately restored but this year, the coast guard acquisition budget was slashed to $1 billion a year. half of what is needed to recapitalize the fleet. considering that a single navy destroyer would gobble up the coast guard's entire budget for new cutters and demand craft and air systems and more, that is simply ridiculous. each military service has a distinct and important role. t but thguard is sized for the missions it does every day. not just during crisis. so a failure to invest increases future risk, while immediately undermining vital capabilities like intercepting drugs and migrants, protecting america's maritime resources, and enforcing its laws, and monitoring traffic in our waters and ports. the coast
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